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  3. Post-Doctorate Position on Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Ecosystems and Birds Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will lead a collaborative project to develop climate a change vulnerability assessment for grassland ecosystems and grassland-dependent birds within the Central Flyway of the United States. Our goal is to produce a synthesis of strategies for grassland managers interested in developing climate adaptation plans. The postdoc will organize a steering committee to identify current strategies in grassland management and priority grassland birds of conservation concern; conduct a literature review and survey of our steering committee to describe the state of scientific knowledge on climate-change impacts on grassland habitats and grassland-dependent birds; and produce a scientific review of current and future adaptation strategies for the conservation of grassland ecosystems and grassland-dependent birds. REQUIREMENTS: Minimum requirements include: 1) a Ph.D. in ecology or related field; 2) knowledge of principles and methods of natural resources management; 3) demonstrated desire and proficiency to publish in scientific journals; 4) ability to communicate (oral and in print) research findings to multiple audiences; 5) ability to work with diverse stakeholders. The successful candidate should have excellent written and personal communication skills and be able to work collaboratively in a group setting. Preferred skills include excellent writing and organizational skills and database management. The appointment is 24 months, and a start date of Fall 2019 is required. Travel to meet with collaborators is expected. UNIVERSITY: The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the major research universities in the United States. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, and remote sensing science. This project will be supported in the in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and under the supervision of Drs. Benjamin Zuckerberg and Christine Ribic. Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the best places in the United States to live, work, and study. It is Wisconsin's capital city, with a vibrant population of approximately 250,000 that combines small town charm with a nice variety of leisure and cultural opportunities. APPLICATION/CONTACT INFORMATION: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received before June 07th will be given full consideration. Candidates should send a well-crafted cover letter summarizing their research interests, curriculum vitae, list of relevant courses, and contact information for three references. All applications (e-mailed as a single PDF file) should be sent to bzuckerberg@wisc.edu with the subject heading “PostDoc Application-Grasslands”.
  4. Hi Jenny, 1. You could try increasing the distance they are allowed to fly. The maximum distance can be fixed in particle.filter and the mean and sd in make.prerun.object. 2. Try running first without any spatial constrains. It sometimes happen that particle filter just cannot find a proper solution if bir migrated to far every day for a long period. Hope this helps, Eldar
  5. We recently lost a volunteer who found a job so the Hilliardton marsh is looking for someone who is a legitimate bird extractor from mist nets. You will be busy as we routinely net over 200 birds a day. Anyone interested should email bruce murphy asap at birdboy369@gmail.com if you need more information about the marsh check out our website www.thehilliardtonmarsh.com
  6. Hi, all I'm using FLightR 0.4.9 to track migration of shorebirds. Tags were deployed in Alaska and recovered at the same site a year later. FLightR gives me nice-looking tracks for the breeding season in Alaska, fall migration to Chile, and the non-breeding season in Chile. But the track for spring migration is consistently problematic -- instead of returning north to Alaska, it heads south toward Antarctica. Has anyone experienced something similar? Any ideas for what I can do? Calibration periods are from the study site (lon = -150.725, lat = 61.272): one from the beginning of the study (shortly after tag deployment) and another from the end (shortly before tag recovery). Both verified by plot_slopes_by_location. > Calibration.periods <- data.frame(calibration.start=as.POSIXct(c("2009-05-17", "2010-05-10")), calibration.stop=as.POSIXct(c("2009-06-15", NA)),lon=-150.725, lat=61.272) > print(Calibration.periods) calibration.start calibration.stop lon lat 1 2009-05-17 2009-06-15 -150.725 61.272 2 2010-05-10 <NA> -150.725 61.272 Calibrating from pre-deployment data instead yields similar results. For the particle filter run I've tried known.last=TRUE and known.last=FALSE. Changing behavioral masks, outlier check, nParticles, etc. also do not seem to help. > all.in <- make.prerun.object(Proc.data, Grid, start=c(-150.725, 61.272), Calibration=Calibration) > nParticles=1e6 > Result <- run.particle.filter(all.in, threads=-1, nParticles=nParticles, known.last=TRUE, check.outliers=TRUE) Since I'm using the correct lon/lat at the end of the track to calibrate, why might the output show my end coordinates so far away from there? Jenny
  7. Hi Diane, have you plotted your light data to make sure that the threshold is within the range of measured light. And have you got any NA's in your time column (check for sum(is.na(raw$Date))). Simeon
  8. Hi I'm working on my thesis playing with the GCSP tag data sets, trying to process them with GeoLocTools and FLightR. I am coming up on an error message when I selecting my twilight threshold. I have tried changing the threshold a variety of different times and still receive the same error message. > threshold <- 0.6 > twl <- preprocessLight(raw, + threshold = threshold, + offset = offset, + lmax = 20, # max. light value (adjust if contrast between night and day is weak) + gr.Device = "x11") Waiting for input Error in class(xx) <- cl : attempt to set an attribute on NULL Any thoughts or suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much Diane Nelson
  9. Point Blue Conservation Science seeks two interns for the 2019/20 fall and winter bird banding season at the Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA. These internships will support our long-term mist-netting and bird banding research. Each intern will be trained to run a mist-netting station which includes extracting, safely handling, and gathering identification and morphological data on songbirds and other species. Since 1966, Palomarin has been training the next generation of conservation scientists through intensive field-based internships. These post-baccalaureate internships teach landbird research techniques and data-driven solutions to conservation challenges. Palomarin is among the longest running bird observatories in North America, with a rich history as a leader in studying the impact of environmental change on birds. Interns completing our program leave with a comprehensive knowledge base, including the ability to design and implement conservation research, communicate research to the public, and ensure data are incorporated effectively into data management systems and resource management planning efforts. Palomarin’s Intern Training Program has a global influence, having prepared over 600 interns from over 22 countries for careers in academic research, applied conservation, natural resource management, and beyond, with approximately 80% of intern alumni developing careers these fields, the majority related to birds. Interns will learn key concepts and skills in the following six areas: · Field methods in ecological and conservation research with emphasis on mist netting, bird banding · Understanding the scientific process and the role of natural history observation in guiding meaningful research and conservation · Critical thinking and evaluation of research and conservation · Climate-smart conservation · Best practices in science interpretation · Skills and advances in data management and data integrity At the end of the internship, interns will demonstrate synthesis of their new knowledge by completing a final capstone project. Qualifications: Self-motivation, a sense of humor, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office are required. Participants must be able to work independently as well as in groups. Exposure to poison oak is unavoidable. Duration: The fall/winter internship is 8 months: August 13, 2019 through March 2020. Applicants must be able to commit to the full period. Compensation: This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($850 per month, gross) and communal housing is provided. To Apply: Please email your application to Renée Cormier (rcormier@pointblue.org) AND Hilary Allen (hallen@pointblue.org). Applications should include: 1) a letter of interest describing why you’d like an internship, previous experience (field-based or otherwise), dates of availability, and whether or not you have a vehicle (it is not necessary for all interns to have a vehicle), 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted until June 17, 2019. Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and do not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process. Learn more about Point Blue and our Palomarin Field Station at www.pointblue.org.
  10. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. In order to better serve the trade community, the USFWS Office of Law Enforcement has created a new CITES permit issuing office in the Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas). For shipments that require a CITES permit (3-200-26, 3-200-28, 3-200-52, 3-200-66, 3-200-73) and are being exported from ports located within the Southwest Region, you may send the permit applications to: Houston - Designated 19241 David Memorial Drive, Suite 175 Shenandoah, Texas 77385 Phone: (281) 230-7225 Fax: (281) 230-7227
  11. (ENGLISH) The Veracruz River of Raptors is looking for a experience birder with raptor counting/identification skills to assist with the world’s largest raptor migration count in the migratory season 2019 in Veracruz Mexico (15th August to November 22nd 2019). Monthly compensation $ 7500 to $ 8500 MX Pesos (1usd=18MXPesos) according to experience. Requirements and activities: Enter data in the app Dunkadoo Identify and count migrating raptors Interaction with visitors Keep counting equipment in good conditions Have ready all counting equipment before start time Being responsible Have good attitude Bilingual (Español-English) Very Positive Send CV and cover letter with 2 references to the email: rioderapaces@pronaturaveracruz.org, in subject line write: VRR 2019 ASISTENTE (ESPAÑOL) El proyecto Veracruz Río de Rapaces, está buscando observadores de aves con experiencia para asistentes del conteo de aves rapaces más grande del mundo en Veracruz México, en la temporada de migración 2019 (15 de Agosto- 22 de Noviembre 2019). Compensación mensual $ 7500 a $ 8500 (Pesos mexicanos) dependiendo de la experiencia. Requisitos y actividades a realizar: Llevar el registro del conteo en la app Dunkadoo Identificar y contar rapaces Interactuar con visitantes Mantener el equipo de conteo en buenas condiciones Tener listo el material de conteo antes de la hora de inicio Ser muy responsable Buen estado de humor Bilingüe (Español-Inglés) Ser muy positivo Interesados mandar CV, Carta de motivos con 2 referencias al email: rioderapaces@pronaturaveracruz.org, en línea de asunto escribir: VRR 2019 ASISTENTE
  12. FALL MIGRATION BIRD BANDERS (2) needed from 1 August to 15 November (start and end dates somewhat flexible) to assist with the 22nd year of migration banding at the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory (FBBO). Successful applicants will have extensive mist netting experience (processed at least 1000 birds) and must have at least one season’s experience of migration banding. NABC bander certification is highly desirable. FBBO is a high-volume station located outside Chestertown MD and in fall we band an average of 120 species including hummingbirds, shorebirds and raptors. Our station hosts many visitors including student groups and members of the public, as well as several undergraduate interns so good people skills are a must. The position is for 40 hours a week (with 2 days off). Pay is $10.50/hour, housing will be arranged. A personal vehicle is best due to our rural location. Applications must be submitted through Washington College’s website here: https://www.washcoll.edu/offices/human-resources/employment.php Questions can be directed to Maren Gimpel mgimpel2@washcoll.edu More information about the field station can be found at our website www.washcoll.edu/crfrs
  13. A team of researchers affiliated with institutions in Austria, the U.S. and Switzerland has found evidence of negative emotional contagion in lab ravens. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their experiments with lab ravens and what they learned. View the full article
  14. Thought this opportunity to for faculty/post-docs might be of interest. The National Park Foundation is excited to announce the Conway Science Fellowship, funded through the generous support of Karen Swett Conway, National Park Foundation Board of Directors, and her husband Brian Conway. The fellowship will benefit the National Park Service through innovative scientific research that can inform park management. Three teams consisting of a faculty or senior scientist mentor and a postdoc fellow (within three years of receiving their doctorate degree) will be selected. The applicant(s) will be the faculty or senior scientist employed at the research institution, who will select an appropriate postdoc fellow. Each of the three fellows will focus on a different topical area that addresses some of the National Park Service’s emerging resource management challenges: Addressing increasing visitor use by integrating social science and resource stewardship Enhancing ocean and coastal resource stewardship Embracing collaborative conservation at the landscape scale. More information here: https://www.nps.gov/nature/conway.htm
  15. BirdLife supports renewable energy – but not when it comes at the expense of wildlife. In recent years, plans to build a wind farm near an important site for migratory birds have caused much concern among conservationists. Now, opposing action has put it on ice.View the full article
  16. 19th – 26th August 2019 Powdermill Nature Reserve Powdermill Nature Reserve is pleased to announce that we will be holding an Advanced Ornithological Techniques Course for Latin Americans the 19th – 26th of August. Topics include best banding practices, ageing birds via molt limits, Motus Wildlife Tracking systems, molecular identification of diet and gut microflora, ecological impacts of frugivorous birds, bioacoustics, and utility of museum specimens for ecological research. Most of the course will be in English with Spanish-speaking instructors participating throughout its duration. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. Participants will gain hands on experience ageing birds, applying nanotags, and assembling automated receiving (i.e., Motus) stations. This course is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. A full syllabus of the course can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yynmtbc7 Powdermill Nature Reserve (PNR), the field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, is located in the beautiful mountains of Western Pennsylvania near the town of Rector. The course is grant-funded, free to Latin Americans, and includes $500 USD to defray travel expenses. Food and housing will be provided throughout the entirety of the course. Participants are expected to arrange their own flights to and from the Pittsburgh International Airport for arrival on August 19th and departure on August 27th. Transportation to and from the airport will be provided. Two internships are available for participants interested in receiving additional training and preparation for a NABC Certification session to be held October 4th - 6th. Housing and a living stipend will be provided August 27th through October 6th. Participants will be accepted by application only. To apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest explaining how you will use this course to further your ornithological research to LindsayA@carnegiemnh.org by the 3rd June 2019.
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  19. Job Description: Sagehen Creek Field Station is a research and teaching facility of the University of California at Berkeley. The station is located 12-miles north of Truckee, CA. For more information about Sagehen please visit our website: sagehen.ucnrs.org We are looking for 1 experienced bander to help conduct IBP MAPS banding operations within the Sagehen Experimental Forest, 8.5-miles north of Truckee, CA. Sagehen banding in 2019 is a single transect of 10 nets, with moderate bird volume. We provide all banding equipment, but successful candidate should provide their personal field equipment such as binoculars, spotting scopes, smartphone, water bottle, pack, etc. Primary duties will include 1) net and banding station set-up 2) extraction of birds from mist nets, 3) bird identification, assessment, aging, 4) data management, 5) clearing net lanes and maintaining equipment, and 6) public interface. There is also opportunity to do applied bird research at Sagehen, using MAPS and point count monitoring data that began in the 1960’s. This data is integrated into land management, wildfire prescriptions, conservation, volunteer, and education programs. We love applicants who wish to contribute to wildland conservation through applied research as well as research-based education. Requirements: Banders are responsible for their own transportation to and from the station. Successful candidates must have experience in catching and handling birds, including extensive experience in mist netting. Strong background in western songbird and woodpecker identification, ageing, and sexing (> 1000 preferred). Meticulous record keeping. Training volunteers, providing public banding demonstrations. Our station hosts many visitors including student groups and members of the public. Applicants must be prepared to occasionally interact with small groups or individuals while conducting banding operations. Willing to work outdoors in inclement weather with prompt arrival for work each day. Not required, but desirable: Ability to identify local birds by sound for daily census. North American Banding Council certification. Federal Banding Permit (to occasionally fill in for the Bander-In-Charge). Able to enter and proof data, complete detailed banding report using Bandit Software, Word, and Excel or equivalents Current First Aid certification. Compensation: $25 per hour, possibly more for highly qualified candidate. This position carries no benefits. Free accommodation at the field station can be provided on banding days (rustic shared bunkhouse or your own tent or trailer/RV). The station has shared bathhouses and kitchen, running hot and cold water, washing machines, electricity and internet. Duration: 2019 Sagehen MAPS banding will require 7 banding sessions of approx. 6.5-hours each. There will be 2-3 sessions per month between early June and early August. This is a repeating annual position that can involve up to 18 banding days per season. Work Schedule: Net set-up begins at 6:00am. Tear down and clean-up finishes before 1:00pm. To Apply: Send a resume ASAP with cover letter highlighting banding and extraction experience to ffelix@berkeley.edu. The most qualified candidates will have a phone interview. For questions contact Faerthen Felix at the email above.
  20. Job Description: Three volunteer field assistants are needed for four months from approximately Sep. 1, 2019 to Dec. 23, 2019 for a study of the social and reproductive behavior of satin bowerbirds in Queensland, Australia. Male satin bowerbirds court females by dancing at courtship arenas called bowers, which they decorate with colorful objects including feathers, plastic, and flowers. The research will focus on monitoring interactions at bowers and quantifying courtship displays. The assistant will enjoy fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities (wallabies, kookaburra, echidnas, etc.) and hiking opportunities on their day off. Room and board will be provided; however, assistants must provide their own airfare to and from Brisbane, Australia. Qualifications: The study site is rugged, and stinging trees, paralysis ticks, feral pigs, and venomous snakes are common. Applicants must be able to hike rough areas off-trail, navigate treefalls, and maintain a positive and energetic attitude despite long hours in variable weather conditions (typically cold and wet). Encounters with the general public are common. Cell phone reception is limited, and assistants will often work alone in the field. Duties include bower searching and monitoring with video cameras, assisting with bird trapping and banding, counting bower decorations, and data entry. Previous experience with handling wild birds and re-sighting color bands is highly desired. Work schedules and duties may vary, so flexibility is critical. This experience is most appropriate for applicants with previous field experience and interested in a career in behavioral ecology. # of Positions: 3 Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. To apply, please send a cover letter detailing interests and previous experience as well as dates of availability, a CV, and a list of 3 references to LIZ BERGEN (EM: elb254 AT cornell.edu). Please feel free to inquire with any questions pertinent to the application process or on the project in general.
  21. When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously unknown genus and species, the heron has been named Taphophoyx hodgei. View the full article
  22. http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/ Clemson University: College of Science: Biological Sciences Location Clemson University - Clemson, SC Open Date May 3, 2019 Description The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University is seeking a full-time, 9-month Lecturer in Vertebrate Organismal Biology, Ecology and/or Evolution to begin Fall 2019 who will contribute innovative teaching and student-centered learning in our BA and BS degrees in Biological Sciences and online MS in Biological Sciences. This is a renewable, non-tenure track position with opportunity for promotion. Salary level will be commensurate with education and experience and a benefits package is included. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities will include lecture and lab courses such as vertebrate biology, behavioral ecology, evolution, and/or other courses and labs within the candidate's area(s) of expertise. Teaching in the online MS program will include ecology, evolution, and/or animal biology. There are summer salary opportunities available for teaching on-campus, online, or study abroad classes. The Department supports faculty development at all ranks, and promotion through instructional ranks will be expected for this renewable position. For more information about the department, visit the Department’s website at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/. The Department is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and under-represented groups. Qualifications Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related discipline at the time of appointment. Ideal candidates will demonstrate successful experience teaching university-level biology lecture and laboratory courses, as well as strong interest in online teaching and undergraduate study abroad experiences. Application Instructions Applicants should submit the following items through http://apply.interfolio.com/63040: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests, (4) course evaluations or other evidence of past teaching performance, (5) statement describing teaching strategies currently used or planned to use to foster diversity and inclusion, and (6) names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries should be directed to BiolSci@clemson.edu. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by May 29, 2019. Review will continue until the position is filled. To apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/63040
  23. It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during which competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping. View the full article
  24. Apply online: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SCI1003/JobBoard/c166f9af-3e28-a8e2-590c-1b51cbf69a53/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=18390ba8-99e2-4357-a0f7-069694c033bd Imagine yourself here. Be a part of something great at Science Museum of Minnesota. The Science Museum of Minnesota seeks an ornithologist for the Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology, the department director and curator for the Biology Department in our Science Division, to lead the museum’s biology program and discoveries. The museum’s research spans the fields of anthropology, biology, paleontology and watershed research. The Science Museum strives to create an inclusive, equity-based institution that empowers people to change the world through science. Museum scientists work with exhibit and program developers to engage with the public through educational programming and exhibits. They work with other museum scientists and a large, highly-trained volunteer corps. The museum has strong local public support with state of the art research and collections facilities. The ideal candidate’s experience will involve field-based biological research. Successful candidates will have a proven research program and an established record of accomplishment of publication and funding; will be a phenomenal public speaker and will regularly engage the public and media. The Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology will lead the biology program as the Biology Department Director and Curator. As Director, this position will manage and monitor department operations to provide the vision and leadership to advance the goals of the division and the museum. Click here to learn more about the Science Division and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Work Environment: Ability to work in office, museum, lab and fieldwork settings. Potential for overnight fieldwork. Job Duties & Responsibilities: Develop long-range plans for the department, division and the institution. Curate and Manage the Biology Collection with a focus on Ornithology. Identify ways to improve collections management and care. Increase access and value of the collection. Conduct ornithological research and add to our scholarly understanding of the ornithology collections. Develop collaborative relationships with academic and museum researchers and other museum professionals. Communicate research to the field through presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Manage fieldwork and collecting expeditions. Plan, fund, and execute field research, including focused collecting, with an emphasis on the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion. Writes or contributes to the writing of technical papers and articles on research results. Lead and supervise department staff, including volunteers. Collaborate across the museum and with external stakeholders developing unique and highly rated programs emphasizing the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion. Promote biology projects and collections to a wide audience including the public, potential donors, scholars, and educators. Participate in public outreach activities particularly with statewide birding organizations. Encourage departmental staff to participate in outreach opportunities. Work with SMM colleagues to develop biology exhibits and programs. Direct and administer biology-related programs and initiatives. Lead the department’s fiscal responsibility as cost center manager through monitoring budgets and spending. Develop and submit grant applications to fund research and fieldwork. Cultivate donors and other funders to expand funding for the biology department, collections, and associated programs. Perform other related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: PhD in a biology with a focus in ornithology or related field. Experience working with the public, leading an ornithology research program, managing collections and field research. Knowledge of museum professional standards in collections management including development and implementation of collections policies and procedures. Applied knowledge of government regulations and legal requirements and experience with compliance measures. Preferred Qualifications: Postdoctoral experience is recommended. Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities. Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds. Fluency in language(s) other than English valued. The starting date of the position is flexible. The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents. We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees. Apply online: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SCI1003/JobBoard/c166f9af-3e28-a8e2-590c-1b51cbf69a53/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=18390ba8-99e2-4357-a0f7-069694c033bd
  25. Apply online: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SCI1003/JobBoard/c166f9af-3e28-a8e2-590c-1b51cbf69a53/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=18390ba8-99e2-4357-a0f7-069694c033bd Imagine yourself here. Be a part of something great at Science Museum of Minnesota. The Science Museum of Minnesota seeks an ornithologist for the Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology, the department director and curator for the Biology Department in our Science Division, to lead the museum’s biology program and discoveries. The museum’s research spans the fields of anthropology, biology, paleontology and watershed research. The Science Museum strives to create an inclusive, equity-based institution that empowers people to change the world through science. Museum scientists work with exhibit and program developers to engage with the public through educational programming and exhibits. They work with other museum scientists and a large, highly-trained volunteer corps. The museum has strong local public support with state of the art research and collections facilities. The ideal candidate’s experience will involve field-based biological research. Successful candidates will have a proven research program and an established record of accomplishment of publication and funding; will be a phenomenal public speaker and will regularly engage the public and media. The Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology will lead the biology program as the Biology Department Director and Curator. As Director, this position will manage and monitor department operations to provide the vision and leadership to advance the goals of the division and the museum. Click here to learn more about the Science Division and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Work Environment: Ability to work in office, museum, lab and fieldwork settings. Potential for overnight fieldwork. Job Duties & Responsibilities: Develop long-range plans for the department, division and the institution. Curate and Manage the Biology Collection with a focus on Ornithology. Identify ways to improve collections management and care. Increase access and value of the collection. Conduct ornithological research and add to our scholarly understanding of the ornithology collections. Develop collaborative relationships with academic and museum researchers and other museum professionals. Communicate research to the field through presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Manage fieldwork and collecting expeditions. Plan, fund, and execute field research, including focused collecting, with an emphasis on the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion. Writes or contributes to the writing of technical papers and articles on research results. Lead and supervise department staff, including volunteers. Collaborate across the museum and with external stakeholders developing unique and highly rated programs emphasizing the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion. Promote biology projects and collections to a wide audience including the public, potential donors, scholars, and educators. Participate in public outreach activities particularly with statewide birding organizations. Encourage departmental staff to participate in outreach opportunities. Work with SMM colleagues to develop biology exhibits and programs. Direct and administer biology-related programs and initiatives. Lead the department’s fiscal responsibility as cost center manager through monitoring budgets and spending. Develop and submit grant applications to fund research and fieldwork. Cultivate donors and other funders to expand funding for the biology department, collections, and associated programs. Perform other related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: PhD in a biology with a focus in ornithology or related field. Experience working with the public, leading an ornithology research program, managing collections and field research. Knowledge of museum professional standards in collections management including development and implementation of collections policies and procedures. Applied knowledge of government regulations and legal requirements and experience with compliance measures. Preferred Qualifications: Postdoctoral experience is recommended. Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities. Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds. Fluency in language(s) other than English valued. The starting date of the position is flexible. The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents. We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees. Apply online: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SCI1003/JobBoard/c166f9af-3e28-a8e2-590c-1b51cbf69a53/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=18390ba8-99e2-4357-a0f7-069694c033bd
  26. Every year, bald and golden eagles are killed when they inadvertently fly into wind turbine blades. One possible way to prevent these deaths is to chase the birds away with acoustic signals—sound. To determine what types of sounds are most effective in deterring the birds, researchers at the University of Minnesota and their colleagues tested the behavioral responses of bald eagles to a battery of both natural and synthetic acoustic stimuli. View the full article
  27. DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE POSITION DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Director of Information Technology GRADE: 29 SALARY: Up to $105,000 FLSA: Exempt DIVISION/SITE: Headquarters, Washington DC DEPARTMENT: Operations REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Operations LAST REVISED: May 2019 Basic Summary: Under the general direction of the SVP, Operations, the Director of Information Technology is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the information technology, communications and information services needs of the organization. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the management of staff, contractors, suppliers, and consultants who provide technical services and support to the organization in the headquarters office and field offices. The Director of Information Technology is responsible for the stability, performance and security of the networked systems and applications for all staff and consultants, including the field offices and remote staff, and headquarters staff on travel. Defenders has standardized its primary infrastructure around the Microsoft Office 365 cloud environment (Outlook/OneDrive/SharePoint/Skype, etc.). The Director will oversee the development and acquisition of new software and hardware as well as the modification and enhancement of existing systems and oversee support/maintenance on these systems. They will also oversee staff responsible for tier 1 PC user support as well as the system engineering support functions for server applications, digital properties, network, and telecommunications systems. The Director may also be responsible for the research and development of recommendations to the SVP of the organization’s overall information systems business needs. They serve as a strategic partner to ensure technical resources are deployed in support of the organization’s strategic plan and conservation priorities; supports the SVP in coordinating organization-wide information systems planning; and ensures that mid- to long-term plans are prioritized and consistent with resource constraints. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: · Information Technology Leadership o Hands on technical manager helps the IT team trouble shoot wide ranging technology issues and provide clear direction on solutions. o Oversee user account management; activation and close out procedures. o Provide technical assistance to staff members. Provide training as needed for all users to ensure the productive use of existing and new systems. o Manage disaster recovery/business continuity planning for DOW data and IT properties; develop and maintain routine backup and recovery test plans. Oversee vendors performing specialized technical tasks. o Develop and ensure the integrity of the IT infrastructure and architecture through a thorough review of requests for hardware and software. With SVP, make decisions regarding outsourcing vs. in-house provisioning of IT services and skills; make other recommendations, as appropriate, on alternative system options. The Director will be responsible for guiding an RFP process to upgrade the corporate telecommunications infrastructure during FY2020. o Evaluate software and makes recommendations to ensure compatibility and effectiveness. · Organization Leadership and Support o Establish and maintain written policies and procedures for the acquisition, development, and implementation of new systems and the modification of existing systems. o Establish organization-wide standards for hardware, software, and local area networks. o Oversee networking, hardware and software deployments necessary to support Field Office work and seamless connectivity with headquarters. o Establish and maintain “general use” policies for staff. o Ensure software development projects are delivered on schedule and within budget and organizational and technical requirements. o Ensure overall coordination and collaboration for all departments of the organization and field offices for any new systems planning or governance issues o Oversee the operations of organization-wide computer systems and business applications, ensuring adequate security for the organization’s critical databases. o With SVP, work to establish strategic relationships with key IT suppliers, consultants, and colleague organizations. o Collaborate with the Director, Center for Conservation Innovation to ensure capacity, infrastructure and security necessary to support the Center’s technical needs. · Staff and Process Management: o Leads the development of the annual IT capital and operating budgets and manages these budget resources throughout the year. o Ensures communication of duties and responsibilities to direct reports and monitor performance. Provide regular coaching and counseling. Identify training needs. o Develops short- and long-range operating objectives, any organizational structure changes or new staffing requirements. o Assist staff in managing competing priorities. o Perform all other related duties as assigned. Qualifications: Education: · Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in information systems, computer sciences, mathematics, business, or related discipline. · MCSE Certification preferred Experience: · 7-10+ years of progressively responsible broad IT management experience, with specific experience managing a dynamic staff in a non-profit organization a plus. · Demonstrated management experience supporting technical staff. · Demonstrated experience in managing all aspects of technology, including infrastructure support, software development, telecommunications, system maintenance, and Web services. · Demonstrated experience with Microsoft LAN/VLAN, PCs, Apple and Unix system administration. · Track record of successfully conceptualizing, launching and delivering multiple projects on time and within budget. Skills: · Proficient with TCP/IP network administration, management of Internet information services as well as Internet security issues. · Requires varying familiarity with these programs, devices or similar enterprise wide managed services packages or office tools: o Strong Network management skills. o Strong MS Windows active directory skills. o Proficiency with VMware, EMC SANs and Dell blade systems. o Proficiency with DNS o Experience with Web Hosting services, vendors o Experience with Backup Exec o Familiarity with Apache and Linux. o Familiarity with CISCO VoIP systems. · Strong business orientation and acumen, demonstrated ability to use IT to solve business issues while also managing costs and risks. · Dedication to a customer service orientation, demonstrated ability to listen to customer needs and gather critical business requirements to propose meaningful IT business solutions. · Strong analytical and project management skills; must be able to develop program plans. · Demonstrated ability to work independently and under pressure, with the ability to prioritize tasks to meet project deadlines. · Ability to communicate with and understand the needs of non-technical internal clients. · Ability to create and manage documented processes and procedures. Work Expectations: Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. How to Apply: Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our indeed jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs About Defenders: Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
  28. More than a million species are at risk of extinction according to a new report on biodiversity. But even some species that aren't considered endangered may be less safe than people think. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that some methods for measuring a species' generation time might underestimate the likelihood that some species will die out. View the full article
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